German Open: Diego Schwartzman recovers from mid-match blip to beat Casper Ruud; Leonardo Mayer impresses in opener

Second seed Diego Schwartzman recovered from a mid-match blip to beat Norwegian teenager Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the opening round of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Monday.

Reuters July 24, 2018 08:26:23 IST
German Open: Diego Schwartzman recovers from mid-match blip to beat Casper Ruud; Leonardo Mayer impresses in opener

Second seed Diego Schwartzman recovered from a mid-match blip to beat Norwegian teenager Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the opening round of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Monday.

German Open Diego Schwartzman recovers from midmatch blip to beat Casper Ruud Leonardo Mayer impresses in opener

File image of Diego Schwartzman. Twitter/@dieschwartzman

The 25-year-old Argentine, who reached the French Open quarter-finals last month, saved four break points in the final game to claim his 18th clay court match win of the season.

Schwartzman will take the result as a confidence booster having lost four of his previous five matches on Tour.

He will next face German qualifier Daniel Masur, who recorded his first Tour-level victory of the season by defeating Maximilian Marterer 6-3 6-4.

Defending champion Leonardo Mayer looked impressive as he raced past Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-2 in 83 minutes.

Fourth seed Damir Dzumhur, ranked 24th, struggled with his serve and was broken four times in a shock 6-2 6-4 defeat by Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik.

It was Kovalik’s highest-ranked win since he overcame then world number six Marin Cilic at Chennai in January last year.

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